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Provoketive Magazine

I’ve been quiet here for a while for very good reason.  I’ve been in the process of starting an online magazine called Provoketive. It’s an idea I’ve been developing for over a year.  Most of my writing on issues like life, faith, justice and culture will happen over there, so if you are interested in following me, jump on over and grab the RSS feed for Provoketive.  We’re creating a space that will be very similar to this one but on a larger scale.  We’re also looking for writer’s.  We’ve been live now for 4 days and we’re already seeing over a thousand page views a day.

Come join us.

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Marketing 101: Moving From Technology To Message

Recently, a prospective client called me looking for help with a website.  It was a great call, but it was also a really great reminder of what it means to move from technology to message. The client wanted help updated to a new look.  It’s very easy to think about the technology, to jump into the idea that we need a new look that comes from great graphic design.  It’s a very typical conversation I have with my clients.  But as we began to talk, we were able to move to a deeper conversation in marketing: the message.

Technology is a means for communicating.  The message is what we’re communicating.  In most cases, upgrading a website will provide a short term fix that gives people a feeling that you’re doing something, perhaps upgrading the look and feel.  But the more valuable investment is to listen deeply to how you are communicating with and to your client.

As we talked I was able to help the client think really think about ways to communicate as opposed to just presenting information.  It’s easy to give a website an update and miss that the technology is a means for communicating something.  The message is the really important component to think about.

Are you thinking about the message you are communicating?  Or are you settling for a cheap fix with technology?

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Coaching Thought: What are you dying for?

Walt Whitman’s O Captain, My Captain! is so rich with meaning. The ship has reached it’s course and the trip is done. But the captain has given his life for his endeavor.

O CAPTAIN! my Captain! our fearful trip is done;
The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won;
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring:
But O heart! heart! heart!
O the bleeding drops of red,
Where on the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.

O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells;
Rise up–for you the flag is flung–for you the bugle trills; 10
For you bouquets and ribbon’d wreaths–for you the shores a-crowding;
For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;
Here Captain! dear father!
This arm beneath your head;
It is some dream that on the deck,
You’ve fallen cold and dead.

My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still;
My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will;
The ship is anchor’d safe and sound, its voyage closed and done;
From fearful trip, the victor ship, comes in with object won; 20
Exult, O shores, and ring, O bells!
But I, with mournful tread,
Walk the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.

I’ve often asked myself, “What am I living for”, but I find myself asking myself, “what am I dying for?”  What am I giving myself up for, so that others may live.  In my work with people, we often resorts to the comfort zone that allows us to do easy things.  But the cross provides us with a terrifying vision of life in its fullest. To give our life is the greatest of love.

How would you answer that question?

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Changes To The Site

As you might have noticed I’ve made changes to the site.  I’ve updated the look a little and have begun incorporating my business development and communications work into this site.  Over time it will likely  become the primary means of communications for my work with prospective clients.  I encourage you to check out my work.  I have extensive background in business development and communications for some of the world’s most respected companies.  You can see a list of my clients, my branding work, my communications work and eventually my publishing work.

My primary focus now is on developing my business in business development, communications and coaching.  I will still have the occasional post on theology because I believe we are all theologians, but that will no longer be my primary focus.  I’ve loved these last five years, and cherish the conversations I’ve had with all my readers.  It has been a pleasure.

If you know of anyone who might be interested in my services, please feel free to send them my portfolio.  You can download it here.  I greatly appreciate any work that comes my way and do everything I can to satisfy my clients.

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Getting In Touch With Your Emotions

In my work with coaching people, I often find that people are afraid to feel. In learning to avoid the negative emotions that produce pain, we inadvertently learn to turn off our emotions entirely. Much of the journey as a human being is often relearning how to feel.

Each week, I will post a photo and ask two questions. What is the emotion you see in the photo? What do you think is the story behind the emotion?

Engage with me.

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Coaching Offer: Are you living to your fullest potential? Are you stuck behind an obstacle you just can’t seem to overcome? Are you wrestling with anger, frustration with work, or family and long for a deeper, more meaningful experience with life. Consider Leadership In Life, a life coaching program for those who want more out of daily living. Call me today at 916.952.0934 or email me and receive a free half hour introductory session to explore your story, desires, hopes and dreams.

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Getting In Touch With Your Emotions

In my work with coaching people, I often find that people are afraid to feel.  In learning to avoid the negative emotions that produce pain, we inadvertently learn to turn off our emotions entirely.  Much of the journey as a human being is often relearning how to feel.

Each week, I will post a photo and ask two questions.  What is the emotion you see in the photo?  What do you think is the story behind the emotion?

Engage with me.

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Coaching Offer: Are you living to your fullest potential? Are you stuck behind an obstacle you just can’t seem to overcome? Are you wrestling with anger, frustration with work, or family and long for a deeper, more meaningful experience with life. Consider Leadership In Life, a life coaching program for those who want more out of daily living. Call me today at 916.952.0934 or email me and receive a free half hour introductory session to explore your story, desires, hopes and dreams.